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Foxborough

Library fund campaign goes public

The newly expanded and renovated Boyden Library in Foxborough is expected to be ready to open this spring, and a townwide coalition of residents has launched a public capital campaign called Beyond Books to raise the remaining $750,000 needed to complete the $11.6 million project.

Beyond Books is looking for private and corporate donations to enhance the renovation of the existing 20,000-square-foot library and its 14,000-square-foot expansion, which features an upper-level children’s library, coined the “Tree House” by library staff and trustees.

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The campaign has raised more than 70 percent of its goal in its “silent phase,” trustees said, and it is now expanding to anyone in the public who wants to help.

The town and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners are funding the majority of the project, said trustees chairman Jeff Lovely, a member of the Capital Campaign Committee.

“A private sector, citizen-based component was part of the plan from the start,” he said. “And now is the time. These final funds are needed to complete the project and enhance the library with high-quality, long-lasting furnishings and amenities, including upgraded technology to meet the evolving information needs of Foxborough citizens and library patrons.”

The original library was largely funded in the late 1960s using private donations of cash and land, said local author and historian Jack Authelet.

Other committee members said the campaign is also a way to promote library patronage.

“The new Boyden is going to be a great asset and point of pride for Foxborough, and this grass-roots campaign will boost comfort, enjoyment, and usability for all library patrons,” said David Crimmins, treasurer of Beyond Books and a board member of the Friends of the Boyden Library.

Beyond Books is offering naming opportunities for various areas at the library. Donations of more than $500 for individuals or more than $1,000 for businesses will be acknowledged in a permanent display in the new library, officials said. Donors at all levels will be thanked by the committee and recognized in its final report.

Donations can be dropped off at the library, or mailed to PO 667, Foxborough, MA 02035. For information, e-mail beyondbooksfoxboro@gmail.­com, or call 774- 300-9045.

Michele Morgan Bolton can be reached at michelebolton@ live.com.
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